Saturday, October 9, 2010

Immune System - Acupuncture Yoga and Herbs

Building your Immune System with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs
Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
 Pain, Infertility and Immune System 

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Fall in New York brings drastic and volatile weather changes. Our bodies and immune system often subjected to colds and flues at this season. So here below, are a few steps to prepare yourself for seasonal changes and strengthen the immune system.  

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There are certain Acupuncture points that stimulate your immune system. Acupuncture can adjust your energy to prepare the body for a particular season, especially the one like Fall, with constant change of temperature.
Acupuncture also reduces stress and optimizes your body's defenses.      

Best thing you can do is not to expose your body to the wind and extreme weather changes during Fall / Winter seasons.
If you dress appropriately for the weather, you are less likely to  get a cold. So scarf, hat and appropriate shoes for the season will all do.   

As it gets colder as its now, you need to cut down on cold (energy) foods like salads and eat warmer energetic foods like chicken, hot soups etc. Cook with ginger (or scallions or garlic). Drop a few walnut in that oatmeal of yours Garlic has antibacterial properties and things blood. One way to consume garlic is to boil it in water and some other teas (Mint etc.) and there you go, natural boost to the circulatory, cardiac and immune system booster.
Chinese Herbs
There is a number of Herbs that can be used to strengthen your immune system. However, I would strongly discourage self medication as Chinese Herbs are very strong and can turn against you. Its best to come to a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. (Cooking or eating Garlic, Ginger, Scallions/Onions is OK in moderation). Spicy herbs can make you sweat and sweating in initial stages can "push" the cold out of your body. They can also act as antibacterial substances and promote circulation and reduce fatigue and and inflammation.

Be Well

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Acupuncture for Thyroid at Tree of Life Acupuncture in New York

Thyroid Health and Acupuncture
          Food, Yoga, Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
Pain, Infertility and Immune System 

32 Union Square East #804, New York, NY 1003
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Chinese Medicine can help numerous disorders. Thyroid imbalance is one of them.  Some experts believe that as many as  27 to 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem. 
About  80% of thyroid disease falls on women and women are five times more likely to develop hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) than are men. Close to eight out of ten thyroid disease cases (80%) are hypothyroid conditions with the other two out of ten (20%) being hyperthyroid.

The Risk During and After Pregnancy   
Because pregnancy uses so many resources in the body, there is an increase of developing hypothyroidism, with approximately 2% of pregnant women experiencing low functioning thyroid.
Following pregnancy, women are at higher risk for developing postpartum hypothyroidism (one in six) which can develop as much as one-year after giving birth. Up to 25% of these postpartum cases will require lifelong treatment. ACUPUNCTURE, CHINESE HERBS, HOMEOPATHY and YOGA is
a natural alternative to drugs.

How can acupuncture help?
Both Western and Eastern medicine offer various methods to restore thyroid hormone levels. Western treatments rely mainly on drugs and surgery (drugs cause side effects and do you really want to go under the knife ?) while Eastern treatments aim to restore immune function naturally, as well as balance the production and release of thyroid hormones through a variety of approaches ranging from Acupuncture, Herbal remedies and Yoga to lifestyle changes and special exercises.

Acupuncture can offer powerful points to balance the endocrine system and reduce stress.  Points in the ear and on the head offer tranquility and balance to the mind which in turn regulates the whole endocrine system and puts your mind at  ease. Acupuncture can balance your emotions and enhance the sleeping patterns and regulate the menstrual cycle.

Chinese Herbs can strengthen and regulate internal organs and hormonal levels and work deep from within regulating your Kidneys, Heart, Liver and the endocrine system.  
Thyroid gland hormone regulates metabolism, energetic levels in your body, weight loss or gain and   it can greatly effect the function of your Kidneys and many other emotional and mental factors in your life. 

Improperly functioning thyroid can be a cause of: Infertility, Weight Gain or Loss, Fatigue or Anxiety, Heart Problems and many other ailments.

About the Thyroid Gland
Thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck secreting hormones responsible for vital functions in your body.   Thyroid Disease the most common Endocrine Disorder.

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms:
  • Weight loss despite increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, higher blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration
  • More frequent bowel movements, sometimes with diarrhea
  • Muscle weakness, trembling hands
  • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
  • Lighter or shorter menstrual periods
Hypothyroidism  Symptoms:
  • Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands
  • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
  • Constipation, heavy menstrual periods or dry skin and hair
Seaweed - Iodine is an essential element that assists the thyroid in producing thyroid hormone. By increasing iodine intake, patients have seen an increase in the production of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The best natural source of iodine is kelp and other seaweeds.

Brazil nuts and walnuts -These nuts contain high amounts of selenium. Many hypothyroid patients have been found to have deficiencies in this trace mineral.
Peanuts have high nutritional value, but  they should be avoided or at least limited if you have thyroid disease.

Yoga Shoulder Stand Posture is best for Thyroid problems
Many yoga postures can regulate the endocrine system, but the most effective for the Thyroid is 
"Shoulder Stand" Yoga Posture(Asana) is one of the best ways to manage your thyroid gland on your own (consult your MD).

YOGIC BREATHING for your thyroid. Do this type of breathing for 3-6 min a day. (Do not inhale too deeply as it may lead to shortness of breath or dizziness.  Ask your MD if this type of exercises is right for you.) 

This Type of Breathing may help with Hyperthyroidism or it can calm you down an relax. 

This of breathing is for Hypothyroidism. Its energizing in nature and can be done tonify your body. 

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Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac

Tree of Life Acupuncture, New York City

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Acupuncture Summer Newsletter. Weight Loss and Exercises

HEART and Acupuncture in the Summer.
Your Health: Food, Weight Loss, Exercises and  $30 Coupon

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Pain, Infertility and Immune System  & Wellness

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Summer Time  traditionally in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is associated with the Heart and Small Intestine. The color for the Summer is RED.
Heart opens into the tongue.
Here are some of the functions of the Heart according to Chinese Medicine: 

Governs Blood
Transforms Food energy into Blood and  circulates  blood in organs like Liver, Spleen, Lungs.

Just as in western medicine, if the functioning of the Heart is poor, supply of blood to the tissues is deficient  – which can cause cold extremities.

The human constitution is said to be determined by the Kidneys with which the Heart has a close relationship.  If the Heart is strong and the supply of blood in the body is plentiful, the person will be strong. Person's constitutional weakness is quite often manifested in the midline of the tongue as a crack. (don't panic)

Controlling blood vessels 

The vessels depend on the health of the Heart Energy/Qi  and blood to maintain a strong, regular, and full pulse. If the Heart is weak the pulse may be weak and irregular, resulting in heart palpitations. (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs do a good job for this condition) 

The Heart in Chinese Medicine stores the Spirit. (Your mental State). It can also affect your sleep. If the mind is restless, it will be "wandering" and disturbing the deep sleep that your body needs. Some people may experience heart palpitations or frontal or lateral headaches.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help bring the body to balance or act as prevention and seasonal assimilation for your system.  It's smart to get a few Acupuncture TX seasonally. If you think, you can not improve your health, think again. Prevention is the key to longevity.

Health of the Heart and  blood directly affect the functions of mental activities (including emotions), consciousness, memory, thinking, and sleep.    This also shows that development of intelligence is affected by the state of the Heart health in Chinese Medicine.  If heart blood is deficient and is unable to root or anchor the mind (Shen), it will manifest as restlessness, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other emotional problems.  Conversely, these problems with the Heart can cause Heart blood deficiency which in turn causes palpitations, pale complexion, and weak and/or irregular pulses.

If the Heart is in excess a person may show signs of manic depression. The emotion associated with the Heart is Joy.  Too much joy can also damage the mind. It's all about moderation.

Heart Shows in the facial complexion  
If the face is pale, it means the energy of the  heart is weak. The person may experience fatigue or weakness. If the face is red, it's to much heat or access energy in the heart and the person may experience stress and high blood pressure.

Heart Opens onto the tongue
Looking at the patient's tongue is one of the ways an Acupuncturist or an Herbalist diagnoses the patient's condition.

Heart is related specifically to the tip of the tongue, but it also influences the color, form and appearance of it.   Therefore disease of the Heart can be easily recognized on the tongue.  If there is heat the tongue will be red possibly dry with a redder tip.  If the heat is severe ulcers can show on the tongue, they will be painful.  If the Heart is weak and blood is deficient the tongue will be pale and thin.

Speech is also directly affected by the Heart (i.e. stutters, aphasia).  If the Heart is in excess there may also be excessive/inappropriate laughter, states of over-joy, and non-stop talking.    

If the Heart is healthy, the facial complexion shows a rosy lustrous glow.  If the Heart weak,  the face will show a pale or bright white.  If the blood is stagnated the face will show a purplish/blue, and if the Heart has heat the complexion will get red. Heart imbalance can cause sweating either during the day or night.

FOODS in the Summer:   The foods to eat are red colored: Tomatoes, Red Peppers, Lots of Water Melon, Fruits and Vegetables and a lot less Meats and Chicken.
Replace meats with beans, rice and other lighter foods and if you crave meat or chicken, just reduce the size of it and increase vegetables on your plate.

Watermelon, is RED so it's good for the Heart and because it has cooling properties, its specially good for the Summer.  Also watermelon cools the body and fills the stomach, so you feel less hungry and may loose weight.

Summer is the easiest time to  Lose Weight ?
Because of the heat you crave food less. Eat much less meats and heavy foods. (meat is warm, your body is already hot in the Summer).  Fruits are also cool and they contain a lot of minerals and vitamins and fill you up as well.  So by fooling your mind that you are full, you are not hungry and will lose weight easier.  (There are Acupuncture points that can improve metabolism).

You can eat different nuts as well. They are a good source of protein will fill you up for longer periods of time, have oils that can stimulate bowel movement and can be a great substitute for heavy foods like meats and poultry.


 Exercise less on Hot Summer days ! Your Heart works harder due to heat and moisture.  Best time to exercise out doors in the Summer is before 11:30am and after 4pm. It's less humid and hot. So the system is under less stress.   When I see joggers on NYC sidewalks at 2-3pm, I wonder "What are they thinking ?". Also it's best time to be on the beach  at above hours . Other times the Sun drains you and wipes you out. Seasons change and so should your habits.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Acupuncture for Allergies Weight Loss and Detox in the Spring

Allergies, Weight Loss and Detox 

Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
Pain, Infertility and Immune System  & Wellness

Spring Fitness Tips on Allergies, Weight Loss and Detox

32 Union Square East #804, New York, NY 1003


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Spring time traditionally in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is associated with the Liver. Many people experience allergy and allergic reactions such as:  Headaches (especially Temple and Frontal / Forehead area) runny nose, sneezing, and watery, itchy red eyes.   Liver is associated in Chinese Medicine with Wood element.  Liver is one of the detoxifying organs in our body and it's a good time to help it do the job of removing  toxins from our system. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Homeopathy is one of the most powerful ways to take care of your Liver.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can greatly aid toxin elimination from the body and relieve the symptoms of pain, irritability and many types of allergies and headaches. It is wise to have treatments as new season effects our system, even if you do not think you have any problems, as prevention is the key to wellness. So we manage HEALTH not DISEASES or problems.   To learn more click this link

For self-help enthusiasts, a simple green tea with lemon(color going with the Liver is GREEN with squeezed Lemon (taste of the Liver is SOUR)and a hint of Mint is a good and safe way to detoxify the Liver and please your palate as well.
Emotion of the Liver is ANGER. So if you find yourself a bit angry or irritable, blame it on the Spring. Liver does not like Alcohol, so avoid it or drink it in moderation. Avoid Greasy Fried Foods and eat less meats, especially on warmer days. Eat more green foods like: peppers, tea with squeezed lemon, etc.

Liver stores Blood and is greatly responsible for menstrual cycle, effects PMS and is a major reproductive organ for females.  We most often focus on regulating the Liver functions for women coming for fertility.  Endometriosis and PCOS is often attributed on a large part to stagnation of Liver energy   (Qi) in the body.  Liver passes through lower abdomen and goes through genitals and ovaries.  Males have their own share of reproductive discomforts in a form of testicular discomfort or pain.  

Yogic Breathing
The breath of fire in my video below is an excellent self-help practice you can give yourself in addition to Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Yoga to help maintain and invigorate your energy and well being. Yogic Breathing or " Pranayama" is a work out for your organs and insides.  It's there for you, so invest in your well being as you invest in your retirement accounts, as no money can buy you Health, nor Love.  IF you are pregnant, please consult your MD before doing the breathing.
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Oh yes almost forgot the weight loss...  I actually wanted to leave it for the Summer.  But here is a  little preview. To lose weight you need to burn more calories  than you consume.  The best way is to eat smaller meals and eat many snacks in between meals, (up  to 6-8 a day) so you can eat smaller meals without being hungry.

Acupuncture has special points that can help reduce cravings for sweets and other food cravings. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help regulate body's metabolism, help detoxify the body, improve digestion and reduce constipation and body edema along with water retention. 
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Green Tea drunk 3-6 cups a day can not only reduce the stress and toxins, but is also shown to reduce weight and even stress. ( If you're caffeine sensitive stop drinking after 3-4pm in order to get a sound sleep).  Japanese Green Tea  "Sencha" in my opinion is the best. If you like, our office can order organic  Loose Green Tea for you.   

FOODS:  Avoid greasy or fried foods. Eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables, especially green ones.
Eat the biggest meal in the morning between 9-11am (strongest digestive function), east much less at dinner time.  Eat reasonable snacks in between meals, especially toward dinner. Best is you replace your dinner with, say 3-4 small snacks and a glass of water with lemon for instance.  (eating smaller and frequent meals will help you reduce your appetite and reduce the size of your stomach and therefore help you consume less food.  Eat OATMEAL for breakfast and may be even dinner.  Change toppings according  to your taste: cranberries, walnuts, seeds, raisins, flax seeds etc.

You will need to burn your calories of course.  The Yogic breathing described above gives you exercises for your internal organs and will help optimize your metabolism.  Walking 30-60 min a day is good.

One of the best ways to get in shape, tone your body and loose weight at the same time is  working with KETTLEBELLS. I am personally completely sold on it. I used to have them as a kid back in Russia and now bought them again. This new phenomena is sweeping USA for a good reason. They provide aerobic and weight training at the same time. Some of the movements like Swings between legs, not only tone your leg and buttocks, stretch muscles, tendons and ligaments but they also do Foot massages (reflexology).  3-6 minutes of those babies a day or even every other day gets you in great shape. Generally speaking for Men starting weight is 35lb for women 10-18lb. You may go lower or higher depending on your level of fitness. Strongly recommended to check with your MD before starting this type of conditioning. You may want to order  a DVD on Kettle Bells to develop proper techniques and avoid   injuries. Click the  "Kettle Bells USA banner below to check out prices and weights.

Stay well,  

Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac
Tree of Life Acupuncture, New York City

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Tao of Valentine's Day and Relationships. Yin and Yang of the Romantic Universe.

The Tao of Relationship and Valentine's day.
Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
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This is a special time of the year to tell someone special in your life that you remember and care this Valentine's day.
Ignore at your own risk, and you will "suffer" ! It's a chance for better half to shine and reinforce the bond.
The best way for one party to bond is to do one thing that you always don't like to do and the other party wants on this special day. This shows you really care and at least once a year do something out of your character and right along the pathway of your partner or a friend.  

The reason I think why people call their significant other "my other half" or "significant other" because consciously or subconsciously we realize that is how important the other person is to us. Regardless of how much we like them. Its mostly, because a person close to us impacts us that much on such a deep and profound level.  It's a Tango person who we can not dance through out our lives without. It's like the other shoe that either does not fit or just not that comfortable. No matter how functional or dysfunctional our relationships are the truth is if we stop blaming the other person for relationships shortcomings and express a selfless initiative, things just pick up towards balance quite a bit.

So close your eyes and relax for a minute and think of something special you can do for that someone special without looking for returns on your "investment".

As an acupuncturist in my clinic I often hear women say: "I wish my husband could come to see you". 
And sometimes men do come, either pushed by their partners or on their own.  So this Valentine's day I am offering  50% off my regular Acupuncture treatment (see the special below).   It could be anything at all that you can do by breaking your usual routine.  However if you are having stress in your life, acupuncture is one of the best ways to relax and project calmness and peace upon to another person without breaking sweat.

I in return can think of a few things I can do for my partner. As we give or do something for that significant other, we  in reality do so much GREATER for OURSELVES..  
All the best to us and may our halves be Healthy and Happy !

Mark  Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Acupuncture, Winter Time and your Health.

Acupuncture your Body, Food and Winter.

Tree of Life Acupuncture on Union Square, New York
Pain, Infertility and Immune System Wellness

32 Union Square East #804, New York, NY 1003
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Winter Time according to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Philosophy.

According to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine philosophy Winter is associated with the Kidneys.  Kidneys are a major source of Yin  and Yang in our bodies. Positive and Negative energy, male and female, hot and cold, etc.

Kidneys are responsible for water metabolism and associated with the element of WATER.  The taste for kidneys is SALTY. ( Some say too much or too little salt consumption is associated with the Kidney imbalance.) Color for the Kidneys is BLACK.   Dark circles under the eyes, as well as an unusually dark facial color may also indicate kidney energy depletion. 

Kidneys is a Yin organ and has a close relationship with the Urinary Bladder, it's Yang  paired organ. Kidneys have a close relationship with the Heart and the Lungs.  Kidneys are responsible for reproduction, fertility and virility.  Kidneys store essence (DNA sort of speak in Western terms).

Kidneys also control the lower back and the knees, so often lack of Kidney  energy may be responsible for back pain or weakness in the lower back  and the knees.

In the Winter time it is important to eat warmer foods to maintain body heat.  Hot or warm teas (hint of Ginger) would be preferable, especially before or after meals.  (Moderate use of coffee is OK).   As warm drinks and foods make it easier to digest meals by warming up the Spleen/Stomach energy. Hot cereals with nuts, especially walnuts (as they can nourish the kidneys) may be a good idea.  Warm oatmeal or porridge would be a good source of breakfast.  Eating less cold foods like salads is a good idea especially for people who chill easily and prone to diarrhea and have weak digestion in general.

Dressing warm and according to the Winter is of great importance as cold can greatly affect our health and kidneys energy.  When the body is cold it has to generate more heat to keep the body warm and that burns more "fuel".  Also I see lots of my clients coming in to my acupuncture clinic wearing summer of spring shoes on cold days.
Wear a scarf around your neck and a hat on cold days to prevent unnecessary colds and headaches.   

It's kind of Winter time in New York City. Kind of because as you all know we go from Winter to Sprig weather from day to day. 
That is why it's so easy to catch colds and sore throats at times of extreme weather changes.

You may take more time to warm up in the Winter time to prevent injuries. If it's really cold outdoors you may want to exercise indoors to stay warm.  If you do Yoga it's great to do some "breath of fire" breathing. 

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